The chart that brought my stitchy bug home was a little penguin I couldn't resist buying from the website of talented designer Rhona Norrie. For years many of us have enjoyed her designs in the various cross stitch magazines but now you can access her charts directly HERE. This is the first time I have bought a pattern in pdf form & I can highly recommend it! No need to stalk the postman, the chart arrived promptly in my inbox & it was straightforward to print out a nice clear copy to work from - oh yes, I will definitely be doing this again! I stitched this little guy for my brother's birthday card in a couple of nights, changing the colors of his uniform as my brother is an Indianapolis Colts fan - well I guess someone has to be! ;)
He is from a set of cute sporty penguins, please do go check out Rhona's website (she has some great finishing ideas on there too). She also writes a highly enjoyable blog packed full of inspiring ideas and humor which you can find HERE.
From my stash I picked the lime green paper because the pattern reminded me of laces on a football or pair of trainers. I backed it with a dark brown paper to match the football & cut one side of a navy blue strip with edging scissors to glue at the top of the card. I backed the stitching with white card & used sticky fixers to mount it to give a raised effect. For the greeting I used a gold peel off on a pale blue paper layered with red card & mounted with a couple more sticky fixers. A red candi in each corner finished it off.
The following week I stitched this design for my eldest son & his partner who have just moved into their new home.
I also have three papercraft birthday cards I can share with you now. The first one was for my niece's birthday. She's a "girly girl" so I picked a Tatty Teddy stamp, colored it in with Promarkers, & layered it on some pearlescent pink card. I picked some patterned papers from my stash & finished it off with silver peel offs & dark pink candis in the corners.
I'm sorry the colors aren't great in these photos, it has been so grey & dull this month & I haven't gotten around to making the lightbox I want to help combat this. I have been busy making some more cards for upcoming birthdays which I will share with you once they have reached their destinations. I also have some other goodies to show you but I think that will need to wait for another post...Right, time to get going, thank you for dropping by to visit with me today - I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!